Eizo have this week announced their new 21.6″ Foris Nova display, featuring the World’s first printed 4K OLED panel. It’s a “special edition monitor” and is “perfect for private entertainment of 4K videos, streaming, and gaming, including HDR content”. OLED technology has really not cracked the desktop monitor market, despite it’s fairly widespread use in the TV segment. In recent times we have seen a 21.6″ professional model from Asus (the ProArt PQ22UC) and a 55″ gaming display from Dell (their Alienware AW5520QF) announced, although these are still very niche and expensive as well. The newly announced Eizo model is unlikely to change that, but is another interesting venture in to the World of OLED in this area.
Eizo confirmed that it is using an OLED panel from display manufacturer Japan OLED (JOLED), a joint venture between Japan Display, Sony, and Panasonic. It uses RGB stripe sub-pixels rather than the ‘white OLED’ found in LG Display’s panels for TVs. It is also the world’s first 4K OLED panel produced by printing method. The sleek bezel is made with aluminum diecast to enhance the viewing experience.
It has a 3840 x 2160 4K resolution along with a 0.04ms response time (a strength of OLED), 60Hz refresh rate, 330 cd/m2 peak brightness (132 cd/m2 typical), 1 million:1 contrast ratio and 10-bit colour depth. There is also an 80% BT.2020 colour gamut produced and support for HDR10 and HLG formats for HDR content. Eizo even talk specifically about the low lag of this screen when they say: ” When playing full screen at 4K/60p or full HD (1920 x 1080), the input lag is as low as 1.67 ms.”
For connectivity there are just 2x HDMI interfaces provided along with an audio line-out and headphone jack. There are also basic 2x 1W integrated speakers
In Japan the Eizo Foris Nova will be available from November 1 for 350,000 Yen, or approximately $3,300 USD. It launches with limited availability of 500 units worldwide according to the press release.